Consumer Reports Not Pleased With Fisker Karma

The Fisker Karma is one of the most stunning examples of modern car designs, and it is one which is thankfully not confined to being just a concept - it is a road car, which looks as good or better than most concepts. The fact that the company was founded by a designer is immediately evident, and as the reviewer from Consumer Reports states, this is both bad and good.
While there is no denying the Karma’s aesthetic appeal and its unique character, it does have many negative points. First of them is the very poor visibility, which has been brought about by the car’s very low stance and small side windows. Furthermore, for such a large car, its interior is surprisingly tiny, and while most materials are of high quality, the Karma does suffer from some build quality issues, both inside and out.

Furthermore, the slow-reacting touch-screen control screen, located on the center console is one of the car’s weakest links, especially since it forces the driver to use it as none of the controls have alternative buttons. In fact, there are very few buttons to speak of, anyway.

Another negative aspect of the Karma is its powertrain. It may be an extended-range hybrid, but since it weighs as much as a full-size SUV, once the batteries are depleted, its 2.0-liter turbocharged engine will burn fuel at an alarming rate. All in all, the Karma is a stunning design exercise, but as a car with which you could live every day, there are other cars which offer a lot more (and we would even go so far as to say that most are, in fact, greener), for a lot less money, albeit sans the stunning styling.
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